Story By: John Feng, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report
A father had to rush his teenage son to hospital after breaking his arm so badly while arm wrestling that the boy’s bone was left poking through his skin.
The East Branch of Suzhou Hospital in East China’s Jiangsu Province admitted the 14-year-old boy, who showed up with a broken humerus – the bone joining the shoulder and elbow.
They said it was a rare injury as the humerus is the strongest bone in the upper body. The teenager’s broken bone had punctured his skin and was exposed, orthopaedic surgeon Wang Yifan said, adding that he was stunned to learn the child’s own father had caused the injury by arm wrestling.
The bungling parent, surnamed Chen, is around 40 years of age.
He explained that he and his teenage son had trouble sleeping, so they decided to arm-wrestle each other for fun.
Chen apparently become overzealous and snapped his son’s right humerus, causing a spiral or torsion fracture, which occurs due to rotational force.
Doctor Wang said: “The humerus is the strongest bone in our upper body. It’s very hard to cause a spiral fracture. It must’ve taken incredible external force.”
The teenager is recovering after surgery.
However, due to partial nerve damage, medic says further observation will be required to see whether the boy is capable of regaining full function of the limb.